If shooting black and white images is your thing and you’re currently in the market for a high-end cinema camera with enhanced resolution and heightened light sensitivity than the just announced RED 8K MONSTRO MONOCHROME has got you covered. The newcomer has no color filters on the sensor, which almost doubles the sensitivity when compared to the standard MONSTRO sensor.
Just as a reference, the MONSTRO DSMC2 8K VV camera is capable of shooting motion and stills in 8K 2.4:1 at up to 75 fps, or 8K Full Format at 60 fps delivering exceptional cinematic image quality with a sensor size of 40.96 mm x 21.60 mm. At full 8K resolution, the MONSTRO sensor captures 35.4 Megapixel motion and stills with low noise and now ships with IPP2, RED’s improved image processing pipeline.
Now, try to imagine the processing power and capabilities of this monochrome sensor in all its glory. According to RED, the camera has an incredible tonal range in the mid-tones that can’t be replicated by a color sensor. The main difference between a monochrome sensor and a color one is the lack of RGB color filter array.
As a rule, this makes the monochrome camera more sensitive to light as there’s nothing that stands between the sensor’s photosites and the emitted light. Therefore, the monochrome sensor not only captures all of the colors from the RGB spectrum, but it also produces superior images with enhanced clarity and higher resolution.
Plus, when using a monochrome sensor there is no need for Bayer-interpolation whatsoever as each pixel is represented 1:1 in the final recorded media, which simplifies in-camera processing even further and helps in retaining higher image quality as a result.
The MONSTRO MONOCHROME 8K VV is still not listed on RED’s official website, nor we know the actual price yet. The best assumption in this regard is that it will be in the same ballpark as the original MONSTRO DSMC2 8K VV that starts from $54,500.